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OC 50

Our Annual Inventory of Influence

The Business Journal compiles roughly 60 lists a year using various factors to rank local companies—growth pace, employee count, and in some cases, annual revenue. The OC 50—published since 1992—sorts entries alphabetically, so rather than a list, think of it as an always-evolving collective of local influencers. The 50 entries—some made up of two or three people instead of one—are vetted somewhat subjectively by the size of the businesses they own or run, their community involvement or political clout, and the significance they have in their industries. This year’s OC 50 edition features 57 names, six of the entries made up of several executives closely bound by professional circumstances or family ties.

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